Once Upon a Time: a Fairy Tale in my Library

In 2014, Global Shapers Yerevan Hub launched the “Once Upon A Time” storytelling project for children between the ages of 7 to 12 coming from socially vulnerable families. The project was based on the social transformations in Armenia that have been leading to identity distortion. The issue is even more vivid within socially vulnerable groups. The project was first piloted in Yerevan with 10 children and later scaled up in partnership with the Orange Armenia Foundation.

In light of the project, a room was renovated in the regional library of the region of Tavush located in Ijevan city. Ijevan is far from high-quality education providers and creative development hubs, so there is limited access to new and advanced alternative education techniques designed to boost the development targeted particularly to primary school students. The renovated room was furnished and equipped with all the necessary items needed for calm reading, enjoyable rest and strong group-work.

As a result of the project, 2’000 children from across the region were given access to books as well as to new digital and creative content. More than 55 children had the opportunity to be engaged in non-formal education, leading to increased self-confidence as well as more understanding and appreciation of books and of reading.